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Loreto College students and staff were hard at work throughout Lent, led by Mrs McCool and the members of the Justice League, on the annual Lenten charity campaign. A tremendous total of £3,763 was raised during the 2023 Lenten campaign - £2,290 for Trócaire, and £1,473 for the Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal. This is an amazing amount given the current economic crisis, and says so much about the Loreto ethos of kindness and generosity. Teachers witness this spirit in action every day in dealings with pupils, but it is so heart-warming to see, when that same generosity of spirit extends to those whom we don’t even know.

Mrs McCool said: ‘A very sincere thank you is extended to the Form Teachers, without whose enthusiasm and support, these totals would not be reached.

‘A special word of thanks goes to Mrs McCloskey and 8B who, through their sponsored silence raised the most money in Junior School – £237.30.

‘The Senior School prize goes to Mrs McEwan’s 14A, who collected £170.80 during their Coffee Morning, earning the Year 14s a total of £445. Thank you to Miss Flannelly, Mrs Close and Mrs Mullan for their concerted efforts as well.

‘The best Year Group Award goes to Mrs McAleese’s Year 9, where the combined efforts from Walks, Just Dance and Football games raised an amazing £533. Thank you to Mrs Maguire, Miss Galbraith, Mr McCloskey, Mrs McCambridge, Mrs Lowery, Mrs McNicholl and Miss McNicholl for such great engagement and fun.

‘Mrs Mullan’s 8A took part in a numeracy egg hunt, and the Justice League brought further fun to the activities when the Easter bunny delivered lovely friendship messages.

‘Lent was a busy and productive time, and everyone’s efforts to help make a difference and encourage Loreto pupils to be ‘agents of social change’ is very much appreciated.’

At Assembly this week, the top fundraisers were presented with awards: Caitlin McAleer, Noah Gaile, Orlaith Brennan, Casey McIlvar, Luca Ferguson, and all of 8B; Aoife Hislop was also given an award for her generosity and kindness. They were all congratulated and thanked by Mr Gallagher.

Congratulations and thank you to Mrs McCool and the Justice League members, and to all the students and staff who contributed with such generosity to this year’s Lenten appeal.


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